Negotiations for the EU budget remain stalled and recovery funds could be further delayed

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The EU recovery funds remain outstanding. Right now there is a certain blockage. As long as the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework is not approved, there will be no green light for the aid calendar to advance. And for the moment things are not going the right way. The governments of the 27 Member States have rejected the latest proposal from the European Parliament for the Community Budget. It contemplated an increase of 39,000 million compared to what they agreed in July at the summit of the European Council.

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU, which represents the countries – and which is not the same as the European Council – resumed negotiations on Wednesday, but there have been no substantial progress. Parliament remains in its demanding position so that “decisive items” are not cut, while the 27 do not give the arm to twist. This tension has a very clear consequence: if the approval of the MFF is delayed, the funds (which are sustained in that EU budget) will also be delayed.

The European Parliament has quite clear ideas. In fact, he attended the appointment with the proposal to increase the Budget by 39,000 million, although the spending ceiling would only increase by 9,000 million and it would be used to reinforce the endowment of programs that MEPs consider “emblematic”, such as Erasmus + or Horizonte, the science and research program.

Others 13,000 million euros in interest from the European recovery fund would be outside the spending ceiling, according to the document of the MEPs, while the remaining 16,000 million would come from transfers that were not executed over time. But the German Government, which is currently chairing the Council of the EU, assures that the idea of ​​the European Parliament is a trap: it represents a total increase of 90,000 million, not 39,000.

“If we are not demanding now, I do not know when we will be. We cannot cut games that we consider decisive”

“If we are not demanding now, I do not know when we are going to be. We cannot cut games that we consider decisive,” explained Brussels sources consulted by 20minutos. In a statement, the European Parliament explains in a statement that has already taken “a huge step” from its starting position, which called for budget improvements for 40 European programs. For the Eurocamara, the 27 do not show “will” for the agreement and draw Parliament as an “unreliable” partner. The sources assure that “it cannot be that they do not count on us”.

Berlin prefers to stick to the spending ceiling agreed by European leaders at the July summit and which sets a maximum budget for the 2021-2027 period of 1,074 billion euros. The only concession you are willing to accept on behalf of the 27 is a raise based on using the flexibility margins already provided for unexpected issues. This position is also maintained by the Spanish Government, which does not want to reopen such a complex negotiation.

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